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Sep 29, 2012 8:00am EDT
romney to try to shake up the race. if you look at the polling in pretty much every swing state right now, there are a couple of exceptions, missouri being one of them. almost every swing state thement opened up a significant lead outside the margin of error in most cases. if tea lex were to be held today, it would be a shock if mitt romney were to win. he has to find a way to shake up that narrative. >> one of the things we've seen in the polls is older voters moving more in the direction towards president obama, and one of the key issues in this campaign has been medicare which has really been brought to light since mitt romney brought on paul ryan as his running mate. do you think retrospectively that could actually cost him? >> i think this is more about mitt romney than it is about paul ryan. it's always more about the principal than it is about the vice presidential candidate. that being said, when you talk to trks over the last few years, ever since paul ryan unveiled his medicare plan several years ago, what they've said is we hope we can play even on medicare and this is in c
NBC
Oct 1, 2012 7:00am EDT
mitt romney trailing by four points. analysts say romney needs to change the trajectory of the race. but his running mate, paul ryan insists, he's not concerned, even while acknowledging campaign mistakes. >> we've had some miss steps, but at the end of the day, the choice is really clear and we're giving people a clear choice. >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: for days, both sides have been tamping down debate expectations. >> we expected all along that governor romney will have a good night. he's prepared more than any candidate in history. and he's shown himself to be a very, very good debater through the years. >> sometimes we expect a major break through. you know, the comment that doesn't happen very often. >> reporter: new jersey governor chris christie predicted romney would do extremely well and turn the race upside down. >> thursday morning, the entire narrative of this race is going to change. >> reporter: and if the president is trying to avoid the campaign over the next several days, natalie, it will be tough to do. if he turns on the
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 7:00am PDT
. and also a close race in florida where the president leads romney by just a single point, also down from a four-point lead last month. but romney's made no progress in ohio where mr. obama maintains a significant edge, virtually unchanged since september. nationally the new nbc/"wall street journal" poll also shows the president in a strong position though the race tightened. he sits at 49% in both his ballot test and job approval rating. mitt romney coalesced republicans and to close the gap on likely voters because of republican enthusiasm, 49/46. david? >> former pennsylvania senator rick santorum is a former republican presidential candidate and author of the new book "american patriots: answering the call to freedom." senator, good to see you. >> thank you, david. >> talk about the book in a minute. let's talk about the debate. i spoke with governor chris christie on "meet the press" and he said come thursday morning, the narrative will be completely different after the first debate. how so? what are you looking for tonight? >> first off, having gone through debates in the
NBC
Oct 2, 2012 7:00am EDT
behind, or is that closer race than some would have us believe? >> i think romney is running a little bit behind but if he does well on wednesday night he's going to close the gap. look, romney has to look ahead. people know how they feel now. he can't say the president did this, that or the other thing. he has to say this is what i can do for you and make your life better. if he can do that, all right, and put the president on the defensive a few times, he'll gain. >> last thing on this, what do you think of the expectations game going on where each candidate is trying to outdo each other by complimenting each other's debating prowess? is this absurd or does it matter? >> like a football game, those people, play it down, tamp it down. it's all a game. you know that. >> let's talk about the book, "killing kennedy," a natural follow to "killing lincoln," and how did you feel about president kennedy and did that change over the course of the book? >> i was at chaminade high school over in long island and people don't know who john kennedy was. that's number one. after reading "ki
NBC
Oct 2, 2012 9:00am EDT
romney have honed their skills with more mock debates than any other candidates in recent years. romney campaigns in denver today while the president makes appearances in las vegas. meantime, the most closely watched senate race in the nation is heating up in massachusetts. republican scott brown and democratic rival elizabeth warren faced off in their first debate last night. >>> the faa is investigating why passenger seats came loose on three different american airlines flights. the latest incident happened monday aboard a new york to miami flight. on saturday a similar problem forced a boston to miami flight to make an emergency landing and american says that same plane was involved in a loose seat incident last week which they thought had been fixed. fortunately no one on the flights was hurt. both of the boeing 757s involved had recently gone through maintenance that involved moving the seats. american says there could be a problem with the way the seats fit into the tracks on the floor. >>> a u.s. special forces soldier has died this morning in afghanistan. the service member was
NBC
Sep 30, 2012 6:00am PDT
move if you have a smaller pool of undecided voters. that's a big hurdle right now for mitt romney. >> and what do you have coming up on "meet the press" this morning, david? >> the state of the race, governor chris christie, white house adviser david plouffe. >> david gregory, thank you very much. and, jenna, before i throw it to you, let me let you know once again we have a good crowd of soldiers here who have joined us at our location at joint headquarters here in kabul. it's okay to wave. and we're going to be talking to them and let them say hi to the folks at home later in the broadcast. for now, we'll send it back to you. >> lester, thanks. i love the fact they took the time to make signs. they make signs wherever the "today" show goes. that's wonderful to see. lester, thank you. >>> now let's head over to the news desk and craig melvin. good morning to you. >> jenna, good morning. good morning, everyone. we start with some drama in southern california where work on tearing down and rebuilding the mulholland bridge overpass had to stop temporarily saturday when an old pillar
NBC
Sep 27, 2012 7:00am EDT
. >> the race for the white house shifts to virginia. president obama and governor mitt romney will be there. recent polls in virginia shows the president with a slight edge but in two of the battleground states ohio and florida the latest cbs news poll shows romney falling behind. as jan crawford reports some republicans are calling for their candidate to pick up the pace. jan? >> reporter: good morning. that's right. conservatives are really starting to get anxious when they look at some of those polls that i didn't pick up any of that. i did an interview with romney. he was measured. even skipped several chances to land some blows. he said look i'm going to stay on course, keep the message. he had some harsh words for the president but said i'm not going play that game. >> this is a campaign not about character assassination, even though i think that's what's come from the obama camp by and large. >> character assassination. has the obama. campaign engaged in character assassination. >> sure. they completely misrepresent my point of view as well as the reason why i'm in the race. th
NBC
Sep 26, 2012 7:00am EDT
vital role in the presidential race has both candidates campaigning there. president obama is speak to college student at bowling green, ohio and later at kent state university. mitt romney has three stops in ohio, including a roundtable discussion on manufacturing. early voting starts there next week. >>> iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad is addressing the u.n. general assembly today. his speech comes at a time when iran's nuclear program is under intense international scrutiny. it also comes on yom kippur, the holiest day on the jewish calendar. ahmadinejad denies israel's existence. in remarks before his appearance, ahmadinejad said that a new world order needs to emerge away from what he called american bullying. >>> the nfl is upholding that controversial call by replacement referees that gave the seattle seahawks a victory monday night against green bay, but the league acknowledged tuesday that refs should have called an offensive pass interference penalty on seattle's final play, a move that would have given green bay the win. >>> now for a look at what is trending today,
NBC
Sep 26, 2012 7:00am PDT
presidential race has both candidates campaign manager the buckeye state today. president obama is speaking to college students in bowling green, ohio, and later at kent state university. mitt romney has three stops in ohio including a round table discussion on manufacturing. early voting starts there next week. iranian president ahmadinejad is addressing the u.n. general assembly today. his speech comes at a time when iran's nuclear program is under intense international scrutiny. it also comes on yom kippur. he denies israel's existence. he remarked this a new world order needs to emerge away from what he called american bullying. legendary singer andy williams died tuesday night after a year luongo battle with bladder caneser. williams died at his home in branson, missouri, where he owned the moon river theater. "moon river" was his signature song. he hosted a show from 1962 to 1971. andy williams was 84. now a quick round up what has you talking online. lady gaga is turning her recent weight gain into a teaching moment. she's added a section called a body revolution 2013 to her website.
NBC
Oct 1, 2012 7:00am EDT
thursday this debate doesn't alter the under lying narrative of the race, the romney campaign believes or fears it could slip away. >> does it create ridesing expectations? >> of course it does. on the other side the president has been systematically lowering expectations. david acle rod started to talk to me in august, you know, the president is out of practice. so long since he's been on a podium like this. they are trying to say if romney scores it doesn't matter. in fact it will matter. >> let's talk about the challenges for each of the candidates. first the republican, mitt romney. he has high negative. how does that affect whether how hard he can go against president obama in terms of drawing some was distinctions that many conservatives say he needs to do. >> zingers and one liners in presidential debates resonate because they fit within a larger narrative. the two campaigns understand this about the narrative. the obama campaign has been better framing it around mitt romney than mitt romney around the president. so the obama campaign believes even if there are devastating or me
NBC
Oct 2, 2012 7:00am PDT
behind or is this a closer race than some would have us believe? >> i think romney's running a little behind but if he does well on wednesday night he's going to close the gap because people -- look. romney has to look ahead. people know how they feel now. he can't say well the president did this or the other thing. this is what i can do for you and make your life better. if he can do that, all right, and then he can put the president on the defensive a few times, he'll gain. >> last thing on this. what do you think of the expectations games going on where each candidate is trying to outdo each other complimenting the other's debasing prowess? >> it's like a football game. you know those people, you know. it's play it down, tamp it down. it's all a game. >> let's talk about the book, "killing knennedy." how do you feel about president kennedy and did that change? >> you know, kennedy died i was 13 and i opened the book where i was, i was at high school out on long island and came over the loud speaker and everybody alive then knows where they were. but people don't know whoion kennedy
NBC
Oct 1, 2012 7:00am PDT
different tact predicting romney would do extraordinarily well and turn the race upside down. >> thursday morning, this race will change. >> reporter: if the president is trying to avoid the campaign next several days, it is tough to do. if he turns on the local news at lakeside resort in henderson, nevada, he will see none other than his opponent's wife, ann romney, hosting a rally there tonight. >> peter alexander in boston, thank you. >>> a deadly shooting at a vfw post in central florida left two people dead and another person injured. police say that shooting broke out as riders from a charity motorcycle event were eating breakfast. the incident is under investigation. >>> let's head to wall street, mandy drury is at the stock exchange. >> we closed on a surprisingly good quarter for the stock market. there's caution now we might be ready for pull back in the market, especially if there's renewed weakness on the economic front not just here but globally. as for gasoline, it is a new week, seeing the national average at $3.78 a gallon, two cents lower than a week ago, fou
NBC
Sep 28, 2012 7:00am EDT
recognize all the pitfalls of getting cocky and thinking the race is over. president has detail and mitt romney doesn't, wants to make this a choice, not a referendum on his time in office and he understands incumbents are most likely to stumble going into the debates so this is a relentless campaign on the president's side and they recognize all the pitfalls. >> let's talk about romney's soft sell. the president south with an ad. romney has an ad out where he looks straight at the cameras, kind of that gauzy, i'm talking to you, i care about everybody. tom, how much damage does he have to repair from the 47% remark? >> what's striking to me the number of conservative commentators lining up against him. charles krauthammer in the "washington post" is talking about he needs to goback big. he needs to be more defined in his policies, especially about the middle east. romney turned out to give the president air cover. there are serious questions about what happened in libya in the absence of security, and what is our middle east policy, but romney's missteps really have given the presi
NBC
Sep 28, 2012 7:00am EDT
race for the white house, governor mitt romney travels to pennsylvania and massachusetts today. president obama in washington and both candidates are focus owning fund-raising less than a week before the first debate. political director john dickerson is here, and, john, clear out from this first debate, a chance for tens of millions of americans to watch these two guys side by side, what's your sense of the calculation of the race right now? >> the race right now, the momentum is with the president, he's doing well in the national polls and also in these battleground states. the most interesting battleground state is ohio, where it looks like there have been a consistent number of polls that shows the president pulling away ahead of mitt romney outside of the margin of error. things going well for the president. expectations couldn't be higher for mitt romney in debates. >> three new polls show obama with the lead in battleground states. >> in new hampshire and north carolina, and in nevada. what's interesting about nevada is that the president is going to be there for three d
NBC
Sep 26, 2012 7:00am EDT
why is obama able to out spend him on the air waves. >> maybe you should ask the romney campaign on that. every point you made explains why the race is opening up. these debates can and do make a difference. if there's a defining moment and it won't be an issue, if there's a defining moment in the debate it can still shift. but mitt romney has 90 seconds in the opening of that first debate to make a difference. if you call me after that first opening i'll tell you who will win the presidency. >> frank luntz, thank you. this morning presidential candidates are protesting the nfl's replacement referees. monday's night game is still a hot topic. jeff glor is here. >> reporter: the great refer yes replacement went from manageable in week one, messy in week two and out of control in week three. it doesn't guarantee it will end right away. >> the game's final play. >> reporter: if you thought you heard lot from football fans about monday's mess of a call, imagine being the coach at the losing end. >> i received more text messages than emails than i did after the super bowl. >> reporter: t
NBC
Sep 25, 2012 7:00am EDT
times has refused to drop out of the race. >> for the about 100th time or so, i am in this race. >> reporter: gop leaders, including mitt romney, have called on akin to step aside and have pulled key funding. as recently as sunday, the chairman of the republican party predicted a democratic win if akin stays in the race. >> we're not going to play in missouri with todd akin. i can tell you that. >> reporter: but none of that is having any effect on todd akin. in fact, today he begins a tour. he's calling it the "common sense bus tour" all across missouri. >> chip, thank you. >>> a southern california wildfire has turned deadly this morning. firefighters are struggling with strong winds east of san diego. as ben tracy reports, a man who ignored evacuation orders was found dead on monday. >> reporter: the wildfire tore through acres in campo, destroying 20 homes and possibly take one life. >> we don't know the cause at this point of death, but although his body was found in his structure. >> reporter: people who live in the area say that would likely be the 82-year-old man who liv
NBC
Sep 27, 2012 4:00am EDT
remember officials on the field for tonight's game. >> duelling campaign. president obama and mitt romney take the race for the white house to the key state of virginia today. >>> mona lisa 1.0. there's evidence that leonardo davinci created the original version of the iconic paint this this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, september 27, 2012. good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. when the baltimore ravens and cleveland browns take the field tonight the nfl's regular officiating crews will be calling the game. at the stroke of midnight the league and referees ended a three month lockout of the officials. the deal was struck after two days of marathon negotiations and controversial call to the end of monday night's game. after a series of miscalls, run ins with coaches and players, and on field confusion, the nfl referees are heading to the sideline. the league and officials union agreed on a tentative eight year contract that will put the normal officiating crews back on field. goodell said we look forward to having the finest officials in sports back on field. now
NBC
Sep 28, 2012 4:00am PDT
holds that. >> reporter: even supporters are split on how romney can win this race. >> he has to get a little more fire in the belly. >> he needs to stick be the facts. it's all about the economy. >> reporter: more than half the country has already started voting just days before the first presidential debate. more numbers now. gallup tells us that president obama's approval rating is still hovering around 50%. lynn, it turns out this could end up being his best month in terms of that approval rating in a year. >> tracie potts in washington, thanks so much. >>> now here is a look at other stories making news early today in america. in utah, it was a dramatic rescue for a young deer that got trapped in a manhole earlier this week. poor little guy. officers used a climbing rope to lasso the animal and hoist it to safety. it was then released back into the wild. >>> beer drinkers, you may want to turn away. cases of beer went flying onto a colorado highway from an overturned semi that apparently took a turn too quickly. the stretch of highway was closed for threely three hours while
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Sep 26, 2012 4:00am EDT
brown. the race for the white house has taken a new turn. less than six weeks before the presidential election sprab wpr obama is widening his lead over mitt romney. it's estimated 270 are solidly behind president obama or leaning in his direction while 206 votes are in mitt romney agencies camp. cbs news quinnipiac university "new york times" poll said president obama has gained significant ground over mitt romney in ohio, pennsylvania and florida. we have more on this. >> reporter: good morning. that's right. both are scrambling for support in those potentially make-or-break states. today honeying in on ohio. by bus or by plane for mitt romney and paul ryan this election could come down to one state. >> o.h. o.h.! works every time. >> reporter: ohio is one of the key swing states in this election and today romney and president obama will be battling for attention there, but the latest cbs news poll swing states shows romney with some ground to make up. the poll just out this morning has president obama up 10 points in the buckeye state, he had six point lead before the
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Sep 28, 2012 4:30am PDT
romney's message to donors last night as polls show a tight race in nevada and north carolina. romney is only two points behind president obama there, but seven points behind in new hampshire. >> now your job is in danger. >> reporter: both sides came out swinging with new campaign ads thursday. >> if i can sit down with you in your living room or around the kitchen table, here's what i'd say. >> reporter: what he said in virginia beach was something new, something he calls economic patriotism. >> an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. >> reporter: romney also in veteran told veterans the nation's debt is more than just numbers on paper. >> trillion dollar deficits. that debt is owned by somebody. someone holds that. that puts america in a position of economic risk. >> reporter: but even supporters are split on how romney can win this race. >> he has to get a little more fire in the belly. >> he has to stick with the facts. it's all about the economy. >> reporter: more than half the country has already started
NBC
Sep 28, 2012 6:00am EDT
%. the romney camp shows a much closer race. >> the romney camp is predicting the outcome of next week's debate. >> they have put out a memo that says this is the eighth presidential debate for president obama. romney has the issues on his side. president obama will likely emerge the winner. the debate will not decide the election, according to the memo. the obama camp was trying to keep expectations low. >> hillary clinton sat down with benjamin netanyahu on thursday after he drew a line in the sand nuclear program. the prime minister challenged world leaders to stop them. >> these are the facts. where should the red line be drawn? a redlined should be drawn right here. >> direct action against iran needs to be taken, said the prime minister. president obama said there's still time to resolve the issue through diplomacy. a man who is being blamed for setting off deadly raids is under arrest. >> a dramatic crash is caught on tape. >> showers are making their way >> showers are making their way east out of >> welcome back to 11 news today. 6:54. 70 degrees downtown. a few raindrops
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Sep 28, 2012 5:00am PDT
west there in nevada. but in new hampshire, which is the home state for mitt romney, he's got a home there, it's right next door to massachusetts where he was governor, president obama is actually leading by seven percentage points. so that's where the race stands right now in three of these battleground states. earlier this week we were tracking ohio where the president has a big lead, florida where he's got a slim lead, virginia where he seems to have a very slim lead. so this race still very much in play. they both released new ads this week, the president and mitt romney, as they continue to campaign before that first debate on wednesday. >> thanks so much, tracie. >>> starting this january college students will get advance warning about tuition hikes heading their way. governor jerry brown has signed ab-970 that requires officials at uc and csu schools to talk to students at least 30 days before they announce plans to increase tuition fees. it also requires a 90-day period between the approval of an increase and when it actually would take effect. an those new rules will kick in
CSPAN
Oct 3, 2012 7:30am EDT
which they really transform the republican primary. in the case of the candidates romney was running against, newt gingrich and rick santorum, almost certainly those candidates would not have stayed in race as long as they did, would not have been viable candidates after losing several contests, in each case, without basically a billionaire or two backing them with checks as high as $500 million. and as a result, republican primary was much more prolonged than it would have been. romney and his friends had to spend much more money than expected defending him in those early months. and really the whole dynamic of what we were used to in early presidential politics where i will, new hampshire, south carolina got a nominee was sort of updated for a few weeks. since then, super pacs, when romney with the nomination, -- he'd relied heavily on super pacs through the summer months he was advertising. of course, this is not technically coordinated advertising, and trevor can speak of realities and fiction there. and it had some clear obvious positive affects of holding parity with the presid
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Sep 25, 2012 5:00am PDT
american voters is the economy these days, but the focus of the race for the white house is turning to america's place in the world today. president barack obama will address the united nations general assembly at 7:00 our time. governor mitt romney will give a foreign policy speech at the clinton global initiative. tracie potts is live on capitol hill this morning with more. world affairs so important. good morning. >> reporter: absolutely, laura, good morning. let's talk about both of these speeches in new york at that. first of all, the president at the u.n. we've got new details this morning on what he will say. we are told that he will address the crisis in the middle east, all of the protests against the u.s. embassies and americans there, saying that we need to take a deeper look at the cause of the crisis and will denounce the vie leolenviolence. no video he'll say justifies the attack. he's also expected to talk about iran preferring diplomacy but saying iran getting a nuclear weapon is not a challenge that can be contained. meantime mitt romney criticizing the president for t
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Oct 3, 2012 4:30am PDT
. romney's practicing how not to get irritated. >> the president has an opportunity to put this race away if he has some great night it mitt romney has to have a good night to get this trajectory of this race to change. >> reporter: the poll shows romney with momentum. but more voters think the economy is improving. what are they listening for tonight? >> i would like to hear firm chances on positions. definitely some good debates. >> reporter: inundated by ads -- >> this president cannot tell us -- >> reporter: -- some residents say they won't watch tonight's debate. >> i already know who i'm voting for and i just don't want to hear it anymore. >> reporter: in our poll, 6 in 10 found the debates just somewhat important or not at all. tracie potts, nbc news, denver. >> hopefully it will be a nice break from all the rhetoric we've been pounded with. this debate starts up at 8:00. >>> good morning. i don't know about you but i went to bed with my ac cranked up last night. >> i thought about the window opening but nah, way too hot. >> this is all anybody wants to talk about, the october
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
rival mitt romney for their very first debate. this one, a very tight race. a lot at stake. romney does have momentum heading into this one. the president's among those likely to vote. the stage is set, ready to go for a big-time throwdown. >> reporter: the big question, what has been going on behind closed doors? how are these candidate, getting ready? apparently, the aides are helping president obama keep his answers a little bit short so he's not long-winded. also, focus more on being aggressive. for mitt romney, he is focusing on not appearing irritated when he's challenged by the president, which is sure to happen. all of this as the stage is set. the president went to hoover dam. mitt got some lunch here in the area. the big question now and the big point for tonight is there's a lot at stake. >> the president has an opportunity to put this race away. mitt romney has to have a good night to get this race to change. >> now, we know that this is very important for the candidates. but what about the voters? according to our nbc poll, almost 4 in 10 say they're really interested
NBC
Sep 30, 2012 6:00am EDT
to say that romney did what he had to, is in the game, because we want a race. >> i'm not so sure about that. [ laughter ] >> we want the race to continue. what else would we talk about? >> all i've heard for weeks and weeks is that it's all over. this debate is obviously extremely consequential. the debates and primaries are consequential because it is the one source of truly unfiltered information you can get. romney handled himself quite well. is he an adept debater. the problem is, it isn't a 1980s situation. the theory going into the race on the romney side is he has to show up and reassure people. that's what his whole convention was about. he has a much higher bar than that. he needs to convince people that his program is a better answer for the country. that's what he has to do. it's not going to be easy to do because there's going to be lots of distractions coming at him and the president himself is quite an adept debater. >> he had clinton at the convention. >> that comes down to the two theories of the race. one was right, one was wrong. the romney theory, tell people i
NBC
Sep 27, 2012 4:30am PDT
40 days away. one big battleground state down, one to go. president obama and mitt romney campaigned in ohio yesterday. today they're both off to virginia, one of the largest states up for grabs. tracie potts has the latest this morning on the race to the white house. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney campaign in virginia today where median income is 23% higher than the national average and unemployment is way lower, under 6%. like ohio wednesday, the president is expected to hammer romney for his comments on the 47% of voters who don't pay taxes. >> i don't know how many of you will be with me this time around. but, but it doesn't matter because i'm willing to be your president, to represent everybody. >> we're going to help those that need our help. we're a compassionate people. >> reporter: romney is ten points behind in ohio according to quinnipiac university. that's a bigger gap than nbc and the washington post reported. no republicans ever won the presidency without winning this state. >> i'm going to win ohio. i'm going to become the next president in part because i
CSPAN
Sep 27, 2012 6:00am EDT
actually be competitive in this race, mitt romney would have to get double john mccain's margin of 18 points among the white working class in this election. that's youth turnout doesn't change among minority's despite the shifts in eligible voters. if this does get realize, let's say minority vote share goes up by couple of points, 26% as was in 2008 to 28% in 2012, and again if the white college graduate and minority support stays about the same, it means mitt romney would have to get north of 40-point margin among white working-class voters to actually win the election, to win the popular vote. so let's take look at where we are now based on a reasonable came out. it's the gold standard for polls. a pew research center. no one else -- no offense to anyone else in the room who has april. they really do it right. it's pretty reliable stuff. they give you a lot of interesting demographic breaks tradition as among likely voters that obama is leading now by eight points. if you look at the average of the national polls as a bit high relative to the average. the average has been runnin
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Sep 25, 2012 6:00am PDT
to say and how it will impact the race to the white house. >>> in the meantime, mitt romney giving a speech at the clinton global initiative this morning. romney is expected to outline his plans to rework the u.s. foreign aid system. president obama is also expected to address that same audience later this morning. >>> also today, more blame and some finger pointing for the cause of a massive fire at the chevron refinery in richmond. the manager of the refinery says the chemical makeup of a corroded pipe is to blame for that fire. the manager says that pipe had a low silicon content that went undetected during the company's test. now, at a packed public meeting last night in richmond, neighbors shouted down a chevron official and a panel of experts who came to give an update on the fire. but the people there, they were so angry about reports of a federal probe into whether chevron actually allowed pollutants to bypass monitoring equipment and then burn off into the air. >> the amount is so small that even if it were metered, a report would not be required and it presented no public
NBC
Sep 28, 2012 6:00am PDT
a tied race in nevada and north carolina where republican candidate mitt romney is just two points behind president obama. but in new hampshire, romney trails by a wider gap, seven points. romney trying to pull ahead by hammering the president on the economy, telling veterans in virginia the national debt is more than just numbers on paper. >> trillion dollar deficits, that debt is owned by somebody. someone holds that. that puts america in a position of economic risk. >> more than half the country has already started early voting. the first presidential debate on wednesday in denver. >>> the newest nobel peace price laureate will be right here in the bay area this weekend. she is a leader who is outspoken and a critic of the myanmar military. this marks her first visit to the u.s. since 1971. she will be speaking at the san francisco freedom forum this evening. tomorrow she'll address a crowd of about 5,000 at the university of san francisco. while both event are sold out, they're also being streamed online. >>> now reports that apple founder steve wozniak wants to become an austr
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 5:00am PDT
first time the two have met face-to-face in five years. the latest nbc news poll showing romney has momentum. he is just three points behind president obama. still political experts say tonight's crucial for the republican candidate. >> the president has an opportunity to put this race away if he has some great night and mitt romney has a really bad night. mitt romney has to have a good night to get this trajectory of this race to change. >> likely a lot of things going back and forth in this one. tonight's debate's main focus will be on domestic policy. >>> and of course make sure to check out the debate action. right here on nbc bay area. you can tune in an hour early for local news right here, followed by "nightly news" starting at 5:30. >>> antioch police are searching for someone who has been throwing debris on to traffic down below. it happened at the g street overcrossing on three occasions. monday, an ambulance was damaged by something thrown from that overpass. twice last week, a man and a woman had their cars badly damaged. nobody was hurt in those incidents. anyone with i
CSPAN
Sep 28, 2012 2:00pm EDT
dirt on mitt romney. with the race tightening, some say you should look for another running mate. i could never do that to barack. [laughter] and this is in the men's room at a restaurant. and obama says, how about seconds? that is my big -- [applause] there we go. it is working now by the way. >> hello. you the art ofow issues that came into 2012, i hope. this is one of the things, i will have to walk over here. i am old and cannot see as well. it is the statue of liberty. now this one is how you get your wife not to talk to you for two days. this was justice blackmun, who wrote the roe v wade decision, passed away. he is in front of the gates, in front of the pearly gates. all of these babies saying, what trimester were you in? yes, it gets that reaction a lot. my wife and i have been married for 31 years. and to tell you our relationship, in 1998 we were expecting our second child, and she was then labor, ready to burst labor, this was election day 1998, we stopped by the voting place so she could cancel out my vote. [laughter] [applause] that dovetails into how we can be friends
CSPAN
Sep 25, 2012 11:00pm EDT
popular also and how emblematic that race might be for the nation. the other thing is given the long habit of the party of patrilineal succession, who was in the on deck circle of the sports metaphors should governor romney loses cycle? thank you again. >> niels virginia and republican discussion. >> i feel like virginia is the tipping point state this year if you have to pick one state and for whoever wanted is most likely to income i've always felt virginia. now it might actually be -- it's not ohio because romney could win ohio and still lose predicted the winner virginia's most likely because it shows to modern coalitions fairly arrayed to the democratic coalition is obviously destroying minority populations, 30% minority including 10% either white or black, which is important as hispanic growth is important. it's not only deepening, but broadening. places that have not been affected by them in the upper-middle-class come as socially liberal white voters that we see. on the other side you have a strong evangelical blue-collar rural province for romney. in polling come across an s
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 5:00am EDT
romney by 3% among likely voters. the poll's margin of error is 3.1%. so that puts the race in a virtual tie. the president led his republican rival by five percentage points two weeks ago. he has a much wider lead in you consider registered voters. president obama leads romney by 7% in that category. >>> mitt romney's campaign hoping to get a boost from comments vice president joe biden made yesterday. biden warned supporters in north carolina that romney and his running mate paul ryan would raise taxes on the middle class. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class has been buried the last four years. >> of course the middle class has been buried. they're being bear rayed by regulations, by taxes, by borrowing. they're being buried by the obama administration's economic failures. >> vice president biden later tried to clarify his comments by saying the middle class was b e buried by policies mitt romney and paul ryan supported. you came watch the debate right here on nbc 4. live team coverage begins at 9:00 tonight. and that brings us to our poll question this mo
NBC
Oct 2, 2012 6:00am EDT
. we'll have that a little later this morning. >>> from the pennant race to the presidential race, president obama and mitt romney will keep low profiles as they prepare for their first debate. romney held this rally in denver where that debate will take place monday night. the republican presidential nominee told his supporters that creating jobs will be his administration's top priority. president obama did not make any campaign stops. he's preparing for tomorrow night's debate in nevada. >>> they've got a three-step plan to avoid a fiscal cliff in january. that cliff, $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts hits on january 1st. the plan includes reducing the deficit by about $4 trillion over ten years. an overhaul of the tax code and changes to medicare and social security. several tax cuts could also end if the cliff is not avoided, meaning about $3,500 more in taxes for the average household. >>> american university is warning students to be on alert after a string of incidents where a man has groped students near campus. there have been four reported incidents in the last wee
NBC
Sep 26, 2012 4:30am EDT
attention to the race for the white house. both mitt romney and president obama will be in ohio today. >> both candidates plan to make stops in the cleveland and toledo areas. governor romney will also make a stop near columbus. tara mergener has more. >> reporter: by bus or by plane, for mitt romney and paul ryan, this election could come down to one state. >> oh. oh! >> ohio. >> works every time. >> reporter: ohio is one of the key swing states in this election and today romney and president obama will be battling for attention there, but the latest cbs news poll swing state shows romney with some ground to make up. the poll just out this morning has president obama up ten points in the buckeye state. he had a six-point lead before the conventions. >> we don't like it. we're not going back. >> reporter: the numbers are similar in florida where the president now has a nine-point lead over romney and in pennsylvania he's maintained a double-digit advantage for a couple of months now. but it's ohio that's been the main focus of the campaign with president obama and his republic rival e
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 6:00am EDT
race for president tightens a bit. president obama leads mitt romney by 3% among likely voters in the latest increaspoll. that is within the margin of error. the president led his republican rival by five percentage points two weeks ago. he had a widen lead if you consider registered voters. president obama leads romney by 7% in that category. you can watch tonight's debate right here on nbc 4. nbc news live team coverage begins at 9:00 tonight and that brings us to our poll question this morning. will you watch tonight's debate? you can let us know by taking the poll on the news 4 today facebook page. >>> president obama appears to have gotten a boost in the battleground state of pennsylvania. a judge there ruled that voters won't have to show photo i.d.s. the decision strikes down the new voter i.d. what you. democrats say the law disenfranchises voters who don't have photo i.d.s. republicans say the law is necessary to crack down on voter fraud. >>> it was this day ten days ago that the beltway snipers terrorized the entire area. over three weeks, they killed a total of ten people.
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 4:30am EDT
now leading mitt romney by three percentage points among all likely voters in the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll. the margin of error is 3.1%, so that puts the race in a virtual tie. the president led his republican rival by five percent two weeks ago. he has a much wider lead if you consider registered voters. you can watch tonight's debate right here on nbc 4. nbc news has live team coverage beginning at 9:00 and that brings us to our poll question today. will you watch tonight's debate? let us know by taking the poll on our facebook page. >>> intelligence centers are being blasted for what a senate panel calls shoddy reporting and potential privacy violations. the so-called fusion centers were meant to help local, state and federal officials fight terrorism, but the report says the 77 centers have become pools of wasteful spending. it also cites potential spying on american musliming that may have broken privacy laws. >>> it has been ten years since the men known as the beltway snipers terrorized our region. the first victim was in wheaton. a total of ten people die
NBC
Sep 27, 2012 4:30am EDT
. >>> it is 4:32 now. the race for the white house undecided voters are the ones getting all the attention now in campaign 2012. with a little over a month left to go until the election, president obama and mitt romney are doing everything they can to put more supporters in the respective camps. >> today both men will campaign in virginia. they're trying to earn the commonwealth's 13 electoral votes. susan mcginnis has more. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney are following each other from one battleground state to another. on wednesday ohio was their target. >> you probably are aware that there's an election going on right now in ohio. >> i believe you're going to help me win ohio, i'll tell you that. >> reporter: today it's a quick flight to virginia for rallies there. >> we're a compassionate people. >> reporter: on wednesday romney tried to convey a more empathetic candidate. >> we have people who are hurting. we have people who are disabled and people who are poor. they need our help and they receive our help. we're a charitable people. >> reporter: recent polls sho
NBC
Sep 26, 2012 5:00am EDT
ohio, pennsylvania, and florida. but one bright spot for governor romney, the numbers are closer among voters who say they're paying close attention to the race. >>> republican congressman todd akin defied the wishes of the national g.o.p. and did not drop out of the race in the missouri senate race. tuesday was the final deadline for him to do that. he was pressured to quit after his legitimate rape comments last month but he says he owe it is to his supporters to stay in the race and fails off against the democrat. >>> we may not be able to read our pets' minds but some cat owners are getting a much better idea about what goes on when they go outside. that story is coming up at 5:56. >> at 5:22, the redskins play caller kyle shanahan owes some big dough after his encounter with the replacement refs? >> does a rainy weekend lay ahead in the seven-day forecast? we'll hear from olga breese. >>> good morning. welcome back to 9news now. it's wednesday morning. 4:15. olga breese is in for howard bernstein. we had a wonderful stretch of weather. now we've got a little hiccup in the weather.
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